Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies

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Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies


The Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies (BSCTS) is a versatile program that can be applied to a variety of disciplines. The degree can serve as a springboard to a master’s degree or as a career ladder into many professions.

“The flexibility of the classes allowed me to continue to work and learn skills that were applicable to my job. I was able to apply content I learned in class and the mentorship from instructors directly to my career and my life.” – Jon Wedding, Career and Technical Studies graduate 

This program uses instructional techniques suited to adult learners, including real world instruction and personalized academic advising. We also offer networking opportunities and accelerated programming.

The BSCTS program is offered through a partnership between the College of Continuing Education and the College of Education at Sacramento State.


This degree program provides students with:

  • academic credibility
  • professional status
  • pay scale mobility
  • enhancement of job training skills
  • the opportunity to teach and train others about their life’s work
  • a stepping stone into a graduate program
  • a bachelor’s degree for entry into multiple subjects (elementary) teaching credential program

Career Possibilities

Students are encouraged to find the career path that is the best fit for them. Past BSCTS graduates have followed their paths to become: 

  • teachers in regional occupation programs, private post-secondary institutions, community colleges, correctional facilities and adult schools
  • trainers and facilitators in public or private industry
  • school and career counselors
  • human resource recruiters and placement personnel
  • mediators or labor relations specialists
  • educational administrators
  • school-to-work coordinators
  • learning specialists
  • administrators, managers and supervisors in public or private industry
  • small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • consultants in business, industry and education

Experienced Faculty

Our faculty members have extensive experience in career technical education and include leaders in this field. All faculty have backgrounds working in career and technical education programs.


This program provides training for those who wish to facilitate the development of the emerging workforce in both traditional and non-traditional settings.

If you are currently a resident of another state, please ensure that your state or territory is on the approved list for Out-of-State Authorizations for Distance and Online Education. 


The BSCTS Program requires that students have seven years, full-time, paid work experience in a career technical/educational/business field (or five years, full-time, paid work experience and an associate’s degree in that field).

Admission to Sacramento State is required for this program. Candidates must complete general education and graduation requirements for Sacramento State and the Career and Technical Studies major.

All coursework taken in the BSCTS major is upper division semester units. Students receive letter grades, A-F, for most courses. Students receiving the bachelor’s degree will participate in graduation ceremonies and receive their degree from California State University, Sacramento.

This program is delivered completely online. If you live outside of California, click here to determine if Sacramento State has secured authorization or exemption to enroll students from other states in its online programs. 

Advising and Student Services

Academic advising and student support is critical to success in the BSCTS program and the program staff is committed to making success possible for each student. As a returning adult student, it can be daunting to find your way through the CSU system and the BSCTS staff is here to make that transition as smooth as possible.

The program offers personalized academic advising to guide students as they complete their bachelor’s degree at Sacramento State. It is important to stay current with your academic advising sessions and the BSCTS staff recommends scheduling an appointment once per semester. The BSCTS staff also offers assistance and acts as facilitators with other university departments such as Admissions & Records.


Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time.

For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.

Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from Nicole Baptista, 3000 State University Drive, Sacramento, California 95819, or by phone at (916) 278-6007.

Course Listing

Career and Technical Studies Courses